This Week in Geek

After Earth

  • The University of Chicago received a mysterious package addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr. (also known as Indiana)
  • You are going to find it hard to enjoy The Dark Knight Rises after this “honest trailer” (spoilers). (Screen Junkies)
  • Want to know what comic book storyline the Justice League movie is going to be based on? (Latino Review)
  • Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) is going to direct Denzel Washington in a remake of The Equalizer. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Peter Jackson plans to shoot The Adventures of Tintin sequel before finishing The Hobbit. (Screen Rant)
  • What were the 10 most traumatic deaths on television this year? Yes, there are spoilers abound. (Pajiba)
  • Kevin Smith is going back to the well one last time for Clerks III. (Vulture)
  • Garrett Hedlund is coming back for Tron 3. (Latino Review)
  • Looks like we’re getting even more new episodes of Arrested Development. (Vulture)
  • BBC released a new trailer for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special.
  • Wreck-It Ralph sequel is in development and a notably absent video game character is promised to make an appearance. (Screen Rant)
  • Gillian Anderson has joined the cast of NBC’s Hannibal. (TV Line)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch talks about the villain he plays in Star Trek Into Darkness who is not Khan. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Matt Damon wonders if it’s possible for Jason Bourne to return to the franchise post-The Bourne Legacy. (Screen Rant)
  • No, Ian McKellen does not have prostate cancer. (Vulture)
  • Sigh. There’s going to be an Angry Birds feature film. (Deadline)
  • Ty Burrell is going to replace the unavailable Christoph Waltz in the next Muppets movie. (I Watch Stuff)
  • Terry Gilliam is still making a Don Quixote film sans Johnny Depp. (Screen Rant)
  • Samuel L. Jackson hopes he gets to be a Jedi spirit in the next Star Wars movies. (Latino Review)
  • Ever wonder for Dave McKean created those awesome covers for Sandman pre-Photoshop? (io9)
  • If you want to build Serenity in LEGO, it will cost you. (io9)
  • Colton Haynes (MTV’s Teen Wolf) has been cast as Roy Harper in CW’s Arrow. (Splash Page)
  • There’s going to be another Firefly reunion on Castle (TV Line)
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Amores perros) has signed on to direct a superhero comedy, Birdman. (Bleeding Cool)
  • New trailers for Man of Steel, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, G.I. Joe: Retaliation,  Last Stand, Welcome to the Punch, The Lone Ranger and After Earth

Don’t Call Me During…: Fall 2012 – Wednesdays

9:00 pm: Modern Family (ABC; 10/26)
The show is getting more hit or miss as it ages.  The characters who were breakouts – Phil (Ty Burrell) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) are now becoming overwhelming. Also, the way the writers make the two wives – Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Claire (Julie Bowen) – increasingly shrill is borderline sexist.

10:00 pm: Nashville (ABC; 10/10)
My most anticipated new show this season.  Why?  Connie Britton.  After her performance as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights, I would watch any show that she starred in.  Speaking of which…

10:00 pm: American Horror Story (FX; 10/17)
I watched the first few episodes because it starred the aforementioned Britton but it was just too silly.  Then I heard all the buzz after the Halloween episode aired and came back.  I don’t regret watching it but if I had missed it, I think I would have been okay with that. I’m actually curious how this will work with some returning actors playing different characters in a different story.

10:30 pm: Key & Peele (COM; 10/26)
I’m hoping the consistency of the skits improve in season two.  The funny skits are hilarious and stayed with me.  The bad skits, however, have this insular quality like you can tell they are the only two people who would find this funny.

TV Power Rankings: 1/3 – 1/9

It’s back (now that there’s finally enough TV on to rank it)

The Power Rankings: (may contain mild spoilers)

10. The Simpsons (Episode: “Thursdays with Abie”): It’s rare that a Simpsons episode stands out especially one that centers on Abe

9. Scrubs (Episode: “Our Couples”): This show is much better a) without J.D. and b) with Lucy being mentored by Elliot. I still could have done without it ever existing but it’s not a complete waste of time.

8. Ugly Betty (Episode: “The Passion of the Betty”): Another one of those everything-goes-back-to-normal-at-Mode episodes with both Hal and Matt taken care of and Wilhamina getting her spot back

7. Friday Night Lights (Episode: “The Toilet Bowl”): My least favorite episode of the season.  Even though the Lions finally won a game, it felt like nothing happened.

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Melanism.com Endorses Modern Family

Easily the best new show this Fall (it was neck and neck with Community but it pulled away in the last two episodes)

Why I endorse this show:

  • With the documentary style, the huge cast and humor being derived from the variety of combination, it reminds me of one of my favorite comedies of all-time, Arrested Development
  • I’ve been a fan of Ty Burrell since Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead so I’m happy he’s getting a chance to shine
  • Eric Stonestreet as Cam is maybe the third funniest character on TV right now (Behind Charlie from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory)
  • Sofia Vergara.
  • Ed O’Neill playing an alternate universe Al Bundy.
  • This has been my favorite scene thus far.

So listen to me and watch it so it will have great ratings and never get canceled like every other new show I love.

Would I ever steer you wrong about TV?